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Ranked among the top 10 most populous metropolitan areas in the country, Atlanta is a very diverse urban community with a cost of living that is low relative to most major cities in the United States.  The climate is generally mild in the fall and spring, winters are cool, and summers are hot and humid.  Atlanta is known for its dense tree canopy, boasting the most expansive tree coverage of all major U.S. cities.  With its high concentration of local colleges and universities, the metropolitan area is a center for higher education, with Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College among the most well-known local institutions of higher education.

Atlanta offers an array of museums and attractions in the arts, including fine arts, theater, music, ballet, and opera.  It also has a rich history as a center for civil and human rights. The city is home to professional baseball, basketball, and football teams, along with multiple collegiate sports teams.  With a large and diverse restaurant scene, Atlanta has food choices that can meet almost all tastes and preferences.  Community and neighborhood establishments for music, plays, musicals, and/or dance performances are plentiful. There is easy access to outdoor recreation, including Lake Lanier (45 minutes North), Lake Allatoona (60 minutes North) and the North Georgia mountains, including the southern end of the Appalachian Trail (80 minutes North). Coastal beaches (Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico) are within 4 to 6 hours driving time.

More information about Atlanta is available through the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce ( or through Access Atlanta( and the Atlanta Journal/Constitution (